Sickle cell anemia is a disease passed down through families in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent


Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited disorder in which a child inherits one abnormal gene from each parent. This is known as autosomal recessive inheritance.


These abnormal genes produce an abnormal type of blood hemoglobin called hemoglobin S. RBC containing HbS loses its round, pliable, biconcave disk shape and becomes deformed, rigid and sickled-shaped Sickle-shaped cells deliver O2 to the body's tissues. They also can clog more easily in small blood vessels, and break into pieces that disrupt blood flow, the patient may have pain, swelling and fever If the RBC is again exposed to adequate amount of oxygen before the membrane becomes too rigid, it can revert to a normal shape Cold can aggravate the sickling process

NON MODIFIABLE Hereditary 2. Race Sickle cell anemia is most common in people of African, Indian, Middle Eastern, or Mediterranean descent. Nevertheless, it can occur in all peoples.

Signs and symptoms of sickle cell anemia usually show up after an infant is 4 months old
Includes: y Anemia RBCs usually live for about 120 days before they die and need to be replaced. However, sickle cells die after only 10 to 20 days.

Without enough red blood cells in circulation, your body can't get the oxygen it needs to feel energized.


Delayed growth RBCs provide your body with the oxygen and nutrients you need for growth Shortage of healthy red blood cells can slow growth in infants and children and delay puberty in teenagers


Jaundice It is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs because of liver damage or dysfunction Sickle cell anemia have some degree of jaundice because the liver, which filters harmful substances from the blood, is overwhelmed by the rapid breakdown of red blood cells

Hand-foot syndrome Swollen hands and feet may be the first signs of sickle cell anemia in babies. The swelling is caused by sickle-shaped red blood cells blocking blood flow out of their hands and feet. y Frequent infection Sickle cells can damage your spleen, an organ that fights infection. This may make you more vulnerable to infections.

1year old and up Vision Problem Tiny blood vessels that supply your eyes may become plugged with sickle cells. This can damage the retina (portion of the eye that processes visual images).

Episodes of pain (Sickle Cell Crisis)

Pain develops when sickle-shaped red blood cells block blood flow through tiny blood vessels to your chest, abdomen and joints. Pain can also occur in your bones. The pain may vary in intensity and can last for a few hours to a few weeks.




Normal Abnormality result with condition

Hemoglobin electrophoresis

Hemoglobin You may have electrophoresi this test if s is a test that your health measures the care provider different suspects that types of the you have a oxygendisorder carrying caused by substance abnormal (hemoglobin) forms of in the blood. hemoglobin

No HbS

Presence of HbS

Sickle Cell Test

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Sickle Cell Trait Sickle Cell Anemia

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

-It measures the # of RbCs, # of WBCs, It is a total amount screening of Hb in the test used to blood, % of the blood diagnose and composed of manage numerous RBCs(hemato diseases. crit) -provides specific information the size and hemoglobin content of individual red blood cells.

RBC: Male:
4.7 to 6.1million cells/mcL Female: 4.2 to 5.4 million cells/mcL

decrease (indicates anemia)

WBC:4,500 to
10,000 cells/mcL


Hgb: Male: 13.8 to
17.2 gm/dL

is often present

Female: 12.1
to 15.1 gm/dL

decrease 5-10g/dL often increase

Platelets: 1500,000400,000/µL

Nursing Management
Provide information about what the client may feel y Encourage questions and dialogue about fears and apprehensions y Inform the client of the time period before the results will be available


Patients with sickle cell disease need ongoing treatment, even when they are not having a painful crisis.

Acetaminophen Classification: Analgesic Action: It is used for the relief of fever as well as aches and pains associated with many conditions. Indication: Mild Pain/ Fever Generic (Brand) names: Acetaminophen( Tempra, Tylenol)

2 . Hydroxyurea

Classification: Antimetabolite Action: inhibits production of Hb F, which inhibits sickling Indication: to reduce frequency of painful crises and need for blood transfusions in adult patient with Sickle Cell Anemia with recurrent moderate to severe painful crises Generic (Brand) names: Hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea)


Blood Transfusion In a red blood cell transfusion, red blood cells are removed

from a supply of donated blood. These donated cells are then given intravenously to a person with sickle cell anemia. Blood transfusions increase the number of normal red blood cells in circulation, helping to relieve anemia. In children with sickle cell anemia at high risk of stroke, regular blood transfusions can decrease their risk of stroke.

4. Supplemental oxygen

Breathing supplemental oxygen through a breathing mask adds oxygen to your blood and helps you breathe easier.

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Non Pharmacological-Highlights Supplements of Folic Acid(Vitamin B)
-essential for producing red blood cells


-help prevent dehydration - given either by mouth or through a vein


Heating pads


Bone marrow transplant This procedure replaces bone marrow affected by sickle cell anemia with healthy bone marrow from a donor who doesn't have the disease. It can be a cure, but the procedure is risky, and it's difficult to find suitable donors. Bone marrow used for a transplant must come from a closely matched donor. This is usually a close family member who doesn't have sickle cell anemia. Bone marrow transplant requires a lengthy hospital stay. After the transplant, you'll need drugs to help prevent rejection of the donated marrow.

Diagnosis: Acute pain related to tissue hypoxia Interventions: -promote calm and relaxing environment to divert client·s awareness to pain -divertional activities like watching television, use of imagery etc. -perform warm compress on the site of pain to provide relief -encourage families to maintain a normal life for the child with SC Anemia Outcome: Client will be able to relieve pain.

Diagnosis: Risk for infection related to inadequate secondary defense Interventions: -promote childhood immunization program -encourage adults to update immunizations to reduce the transmission of global infection -emphasize necessity of taking antiviral/antibiotics -review individual nutritional needs, appropriate exercise program and need for rest -encourage frequent proper hand hygiene Outcome: Client will be able to prevent the spread of potentially infectious microorganism.

Diagnosis: Impaired gas exchange related to oxygen carrying capacity of the blood Interventions: -review oxygen-conserving techniques -instruct in the use of relaxation, stress reduction techniques -encourage appropriate activity and exercise to improve quality of life -emphasize the importance of nutrition in improving stamina and reducing the work of breathing Outcome: Client will be able to have an adequate oxygenation of tissue.

In the past, sickle cell patients often died from organ failure between ages 20 and 40. Thanks to a better understanding and management of the disease, today, patients can live into their 50s or beyond. Causes of death include organ failure and infection. Some people with the disease experience minor, brief, infrequent episodes. Others experience severe, long-term, frequent episodes with many complications.

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